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Photo by Troy Fields

Peli Peli Galleria

Photo by Troy Fields
The dining room of Peli Peli’s second location in The Galleria mall sports a big framework full of LEDs overhead, as well as black, brushstroke graphics on the walls that represent the 12 tribes of Israel. It’s quite the visual spectacle. At dinnertime, entrées at this South African restaurant are rather expensive, ranging from $34 to $48 (it has to pay for all that glamorous interior design and the Galleria address somehow). Diners might want their introductory visit to be at lunchtime, when they can take advantage of cheaper prices and try a few extra items. Meat lovers will die for the espetada, a dangling skewer of chunks of seared beef that drip garlicky juices on the side dishes below in the most wonderful way. Ditto for the biltong, South Africa’s answer to beef jerky with wafer- thin cuts of sirloin drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with crushed coriander seeds. Vegetarians aren’t forgotten, though, and the choices include Curry Spaghetti Squash and a vegetable plate of mango coleslaw, roasted red potatoes, sautéed baby spinach, French-style green beans, Brussels sprouts and couscous.

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